Texas’ Lockett wind farm sees start of commercial operations


The 184MW Lockett Wind farm in Wilbarger, Texas, has kicked off its commercial operations, the project developer Lincoln Clean Energy has announced.

Annual renewable power generated by the wind farm will be in excess of 700,000MWh, which will be sufficient to meet the electricity needs of 70,000 U.S. homes.

With Lockett Wind farm coming online,  Lincoln Clean Energy, a subsidiary of Danish power company Ørsted, has increased its operational assets to over 1GW across the US.

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The company also has more than 1.3GW of projects in construction and late-stage development.

Declan Flanagan – CEO of Lincoln Clean Energy said: “I am proud of the LCE team and our wider Ørsted colleagues in completing another safe, on time and on budget construction project, and to cross the milestone of a gigawatt operating portfolio.”

Lockett Wind Project in Wilbarger

Lincoln Clean Energy’s Lockett Wind Project in Wilbarger, Texas. Photo courtesy of Ørsted.

Ørsted had acquired the US-based renewable developer in October 2018  from I Squared Capital for $580 million.

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With a focus on wind and solar projects in the US, Lincoln Clean Energy is involved in developing and operating clean energy projects.

In June, it purchased a construction wind project with a capacity of 103MW  in Butte County, South Dakota, from Pattern Energy Group.

The acquisition South Dakota wind project, along with its Plum Creek wind farm in Nebraska, which is planned to break ground in 2020, is expected to boost the expansion of LCE’s operations into Southwest Power Pool (SPP) market.

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The South Dakota wind project is expected to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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